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Glasgow Clyde College Travel students in training cabin
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Successful applicants will be placed on the waiting list

Become airline-ready in just one year with our NQ Cabin Crew Operations course. Designed in partnership with leading airlines, this course provides aspiring cabin crew with industry-relevant training. Using state-of-the-art technology and our mock cabin you will build your confidence and practical skills. Throughout the course you will gain hands-on experience in aircraft safety, emergency procedures and customer service. This course also includes a residential visit to Manchester to undertake emergency training at a specialist centre. By the end of the course you should feel prepared to ace any airline's interview and assessment.

What will I learn?

You will cover:  

  • Introduction to airline/aviation operations 
  • Airline health, safety and security 
  • Airline emergency procedures (including water survival techniques) 
  • Cabin crew room duties 
  • Role of air cabin crew 
  • Preparation for employment as air cabin crew 
  • Airport ground operations 
  • An introduction to the tourism industry. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two National 5 qualifications at level C or above, one preferably being English; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional requirements:

  • You should be 16 years or over by 30 September 2024
  • You need to be a minimum height of 5’2 (1.59m)
  • You must have the right to work in the UK
  • You must be fluent in spoken and written English
  • You are required to wear a uniform (which we will provide) on this course.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

All of the staff teaching the course have relevant industrial experience and maintain close links to those working within the industry. We have a number of industry partnerships and invite guest speakers to the college from a variety of organisations. Listed below are just some of the organisations we have links with.

  • Emirates
  • British Airways
  • Air New Zealand
  • TUI
  • Swissport (for airport check-in)

Follow us on Instagram @gcctravelandtourism

Jobs and further study

There is an ongoing and increasing demand for cabin crew and ground staff based at Glasgow Airport. Recent opportunities include:

  • Air Cabin Crew with budget airlines e.g. Easyjet
  • Air Cabin Crew with charter airlines e.g. TUI
  • Air Cabin Crew with full-service airlines e.g. Emirates  
  • Passenger Services Agent (airport check-in).
  • Successful completion of the course will allow you entry to NQ Travel and Tourism (Level 6)

Take a look at the course progression map for travel and tourism courses.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) Note: If you do not have the formal qualifications but have experience working in a customer focused environment or have demonstrated an active interest in the travel industry a lecturer will call you to discuss your application
  • A lecturer will phone you normally within 1 week of you accepting an offer to discuss the course contents and give you the opportunity to ask any questions about the college or the course. 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place– you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place– your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list– you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list– following your application, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful– your application has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

The induction for this course takes place in college on week beginning Monday 13 May 2024. This will be a chance for you to meet your lecturers and classmates and allow us to help you with other things e.g. funding and IT requirements. This will ensure your start to the course is as smooth as possible. You will be expected to attend the induction.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6189